Houseplant Gardens – 2nd Place (Tie)

Garden description: I enjoy having a variety of indoor plants. I tend to “push the limit” in what I try to grow. Begonias are a challenge. I try several orchids. In the winter months is a pleasure to have areas of color. Bulbs are a great addition.

Who are the gardeners? My partner, Dick, laughs and says when the plants come in during the fall he needs to move out. He is a good sport and assists in watering and moving the bigger pots about. I spend about an hour or two a week watering and fertilizing.

Why do you garden? I enjoy the challenge and the rewards of watching a plant grow and develop. If it is a flowering plant, it is a great treat when it comes into bloom. Of course there is always the possibility of a plant dying but you just move on and try again. I also enjoy sharing plants with others. One type of begonia has moved into several new homes.

How has gardening impacted you during this time? Having plants to work with, watch grow and enjoy their beauty has been a great pleasure. The routine of caring for them is a positive when there are times the days just seem to evaporate with no sense of a job done.

What do you have in your garden? The three plants are; Spathiphyllum – peace lilly; Adiantum – maidenhair fern and Ludisia discolor – jewel orchid

Do you have any problems with disease or pests? If so, how are you dealing with this problem? Scale, mealy bugs and a few other pests are always an issue. I use soap sprays and organic sprays in moderation.




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